Christopher Hodgkinson is one of the most important contributors to the field of educational administration. This collection of essays open up the philosophical foundations of ethical educational administration by reviewing his writings and exploring the ethical theories of major philosophers, as they apply to administration and leadership.
Ethical Foundations of Educational Administration is published in honour of the work of Christopher Hodgkinson. It is divided into two sections. The first comprises biographical essays and a critical evaluation of Professor Hodgkinson's work, focusing on his personal and intellectual contributions to a moral theory of educational administration and leadership. The second section looks at how his moral philosophy can inform administrative practice. The work of a broad range of philosophers is discussed, from the pre-20th century theories of Aquinas, Adam Smith and Kant to the pragmatists Peirce, James and Dewey, Heidegger, MacIntyre, Bourdieu, Churchland and Thagard.
Christopher Hodgkinson's definition of administration as 'philosophy-in-action' is now famous within the field. This collection illustrates the essential truth of that maxim, showing that moral philosophy, approached in the spirit promoted by Hodgkinson has both practical and critical purpose when brought to bear upon educational administration and leadership.

part I|70 pages

The life and work of Christopher Hodgkinson

chapter Chapter 1|26 pages

Through the looking-glass with Christopher Hodgkinson

Letters and lessons on life and leadership from Arcadia West

chapter Chapter 2|9 pages

Christopher Hodgkinson

A student's perspective

chapter Chapter 3|33 pages

The Gentleman with the Lamp

part II|205 pages

Ethical foundations for educational administrators

chapter Chapter 4|7 pages

Editor's introduction

chapter Chapter 6|29 pages

Morals and markets

Adam Smith's moral philosophy as a foundation for administrative ethics

chapter Chapter 7|29 pages

A Kantian critique for administrative ethics

An alternative to the 'morally mute' manager?

chapter Chapter 9|21 pages

Heidegger's 'question concerning technology'

Implications for responsible school leadership in an era of restructuring

chapter Chapter 10|13 pages

Vice and virtue

The value of values in administration

chapter Chapter 11|23 pages

Thinking through moral values

Putting Bourdieu to work within the field of education management1

chapter Chapter 13|23 pages

Greatness and service

Antinomies of leadership?